Opening May 23rd The RHA Annual Exhibition 

- Experiment into the right angle necessary to create a gentle upturn of spirits, 60x80x4cm acrylic on board 2022

July 30 2022. I had the good fortune this week to see this ‘Memorandum of an agreement between Valentine Greatrakes and Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Cork, (Robert Boyles brother) concerning the boundaries of an estate in County Waterford, from 24 May 1669’.

Greatrakes was a faith healer known as The Stroker. He spent some years in England and was invited by Roger, another of Robert Boyle's brothers to help cure his wifes headaches. Although Greatrakes didn’t manage to do that he was quite a sensation. He made himself available to all  classes, king to maid as a ‘layer on of hands’, healer of diverse ailments. In 1666, just after the plague, Greatrakes was hosted by Lady Katherine Ranelagh in London. Her brother Robert spent time with him to assess his efficacy, even using Greakrakes glove himself.
This letter shows that although Valentine did not continue practicing faith healing he had not fallen out with the Boyles as he returned to Ireland as their neighbour.
Lady Ranelagh, The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister, Michelle DiMeo / Boyle Between God and Science, Michael Hunter / National Library of Ireland MS 8143 / Wikipedia

I am searching out 17th Century Recipe/Receipt Books - household records of medicinal recipes and any related material on cures and talismans. This research is funded thanks to an artist bursary from Fingal County Council @fingalartsoffice

April 30th 2022
The Mayo Day Art Exhibition, in the windows of Main and Castle St, Castlebar, reflecting on the theme ‘People and Places of Mayo’ curated by acclaimed artist and native of Mayo, Joanna Hopkins includes this and other pieces. 
I was listening to the pauses
91.5x71.5cm acrylic on canvas, 2021

March 2022. Mayo County Council have awarded me a bursary to develop this piece of work further.


The new Mayo Hospice in Castlebar has accepted this work for its Day room.
Internalum (xi). I hope it has a positive impact on somebodys day.

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book launch 
instgram interview

Look, Look, Look, Look, Look Again: Buddhist Wisdom Reflected in 26 Artists.

by  Kevin Thomas Townley Jr. (Author) 

ASIN : B09QD1FTCT Publisher‏:‎Lionheart Press, a division of the Open Heart Project, co-founded by Susan Piver and Crystal Gandrud.Publication date:‎February 21, 2022. Language :‎ English


That these years works are a product of all that has come before can be said of every year. But in these few years ALL that I have been concerned with, all strings, strands, threads, wonderings, obsessions are coming together in one handful.
Some time soon, likely not this year, the product of this work will become evident.

I am conducting research into the effect that proximity to abstract art can have on the human body so as to interrogate its possible direct usefulness as a healing object.

The benefit of art to emotional well-being and, as an extension, physical health is well documented and this is reflected in society - in everything from popular culture to public health policy.

I want to suggest that proximity to a work of abstract art can have a transformative effect and act as an object of healing for the viewer beyond the level that is generally accepted.

I am investigating as an artist/maker/researcher the direct impact substances such as light, colour, form and movement have on the body and mind. I will design then conduct experiments to see if works of art can be made to address specific ailments, predispositions or mental obfuscations.

In 2020 I was awarded an Arts Council Bursary which has enabled me to do this work.